Look of the Day

I have been cold for days now, despite central heating and thick cuddly sweaters, I am just feeling cold. So that reflects in my SL and I am wearing quite wintery outfits lately. Besides, when everyone is putting out christmas decorations, I just think shorts and a t-shirt look ridiculous. Err.. on second thought.. that only goes for the northern hemisphere…. I don’t blame the antipods for celebrating xmas in their swimwear

Clothes:

  • Brown Pea coat by Donmai Frederick @ Back and Forth priced MORE than reasonable at only L$ 98
  • Hanna high waisted skirt (pants and prim skirt only) by Antonia Marat @ Artilleri, L$ 120
  • Black Tights by Blaze Columbia @ Blaze, L$ 100 for a bundle of 13 colours
  • Plain Riding Boots by Damen Gorilla @ Adam ‘n Eve, L$ 350

Accesories:

  • Funky Scarf Leopard by Antonia Marat @ Artilleri, L$ 75
  • Black Date bag by Nekoko Noel at Honey Kitten, L$ 150. It is mod so you can recolour the flower in edit linked parts. Of course I found out AFTER I took the photos.
  • Black Leather Gloves by Roslin Petion and CJ Carnot at Tête à Pied, L$ 100

Body:

  • Pandora Fall Diva Solstice in skin tone 1 by Sachi Vixen at Adam ‘n Eve, L$ 4000 for a six pack with multiple make ups and skin options (freckles, pubix, mani & pedicures, lashes, face light)
  • Jaylin black/blonde streak hair by Imani Moseley @ Fetish Boutique, L$ 225 for the black pack

Je Me Souviens Trop Bien

Je me souviens trop bien… I remember too well… I remember too well your warm and witty personality, the talks we had while you were working on the Unique gown for Relay for life and how you told me you felt blessed to be able to give an extra bit to this charitable cause by creating something truly unique in SL.
I remember too well the fascination you had for France and french things, how you loved to live there. Oddly enough just as I learned about you passing away, I was litteraly leaving for Paris. Right now I am sitting in this small hotel in the middle of the Marais and it is so strange to walk through this city we both know and love so much, seeing the things that you have seen and knowing that when I come back tomorrow, I will not be able to share stories with you.

I am extending my heartfelt condolences to your family and friends and most of all to your love,who will have to deal with living without you in a home that is still breathing you. I wish them strentgh, and love, and the ability to turn their memories in a healing power.

Je me souviens trop bien.. mon ami, I will miss you.

Pose Making Addiction

Yep.. the virus has hit me hard…. feverishly manipulating the 3D figurine to make more and better poses whenever I have a spare moment, the result being this first set that I am not totally afraid of showing to you (all 3 of you). And no, the pose I posted this morning is not in this set. I need to work some more on it and it will be in a next series of poses.

Please Be Seated

Yours truly has been one lazy blogger lately, but that is because I have been spending quite some time making poses. Yeah that’s right… poses. I wanted to have some special ones for special outfits and I could not find them, so I finally decided to make them myself and it is totally taking me. It is so much fun. I have promised myself to do some reading to find out how animations work so that I can make a start with those too. And I do need to read things about it.. the few attempts I did without any back ground info really suck. Anyway, this pose I made earlier today and I really like how it has turned out.

Look of the Day

Happy anniversary to the Calla Ladies, Tigerlily Koi and Haedon Quine. I was over at their group preview party and grabbed some of their latest hairstyles. It was a fun, laid back afternoon with some of the most ardent Calla fans present. I am not hard core Calla… but I have always loved their work. My first “real” hair was Calla. So while I was checking out Lucerne, this outfit was kinda “born”. Roslin by Dakota Buck is one of the most stylish outfits available on the grid. I made the grey one slightly darker and paired it with the lovely Poet Blouse. To be able to wear both Fallingwater Cellardoor’s necklace and the neck ruffle of the blouse, I reattached the ruffle to the spine and adjusted it. Speaking of Fally… that new set she has out is truly awesome. With a click on the jewelry a menu appears and you can choose of 11 different gems for your set. Shoes and Skin are Tête à Pied’s. I love the meticulous prim work from CJ Carnot on these shoes. Mind you.. these are traditional prims, not sculpties and the skin.. do I really have to explain why I like it so much? It’s just delicious… the deep smokey eyes. Inspired after Shai Delacroix’ recent lingerie creation binge, but I just love it with real clothes on too.

Dress: Savvy? – Roslin in grey (tinted for a blacker look)
Blouse: Adam ‘n Eve – White Poet Blouse
Stockings: Down Undies – Fishnet stockings
Shoes: Tête à Pied – Black Mary Janes

Jewelry: Shiny Things – Nighttime Gems

Hair: Calla – Lucerne in Black
Skin: Tête à Pied – Vivant Buff Boudoir 2

Armani Opens in SL….

About 3 months ago I spotted an empty sim called Armani Via Manzoni. Exited by the idea of a famous RL designer making the transition to SL I contacted the company who was helping Armani to get introduced to the grid, but I did not get any confirmation, or any other news for that matter.

So after a while I got bored with it. I could have thrown it on the blog back then. after all, the sim was there, and the secretive ways around it made me pretty confident it was indeed Armani SpA that was involved it this. So after another friendly request and another non answer, I contacted the RL Armani press office. At least a friendly lady there confirmed me that indeed Armani was building the SL version of their flagship store in Via Manzoni, Milano and that within a few weeks the work should be ready. She also kindly requested NOT to write about it at that very time, but to give the builders and the content creators the time they needed to deliver something state of the art.
When I received an invitation that the sim was opened I dropped all the prims I had rezzed and rushed over to state of the art Armani, only to find myself desillusioned, annoyed even. Oh the architecture is nice, but it sure is not a great builder that has been at work there. Yeah they do have toilets. How silly can you be… no av ever needs to go to the restroom unless… oh well.. I don’t even want to go there. The shop is full with a bit awkwardly sculpted clothes, which are not for sale and did I mention, as empty as it was, the place was laggy as hell?
Finally in a hidden corner of the huge shop I found like 15 vendors and a couple of other avatars standing in front of it. I put myself next to them … oh my…. what were they thinking…. a suit, a dress, a couple of t-shits, a bag , a pair of shoes and some shades….. no details or shading on the textures, basic snapshots for ads hmm.. to put it short… what a desillusion.

After a while Mr Armani himself made an appearance and I asked him about the merchandise and if he himself had be involved in the process. As if he felt what direction I was heading he stated that, unfortunately the limits of content creating are set by the limits of technology. Well.. I think that was actually quite flattering. My honest opinion is, and that is what I told mr Armani as well, that in this case the limits of content creating were set by the limits of the creator, because the limits of the software were not met by a long shot.
Obviously, although I doubt the real mr Armani would have been this rude and unable to deal with the press, the typist handling mr Armani’s avatar did not really know how to deal with criticism and poofed, mumbling something that unfotunately he thought it was time to leave and poofed.
So far so good for an introduction of one of the world’s best designers in SL. one of the other girls present mentioned another Americam Apparel situation and I think it is true, Armani doe snot take SL seriously, does not involve the community and is likely to fail in the metaverse. Yet another example of how Second Life requires new and innovative marketing techniques and how even SL companies that pretend to help RL companies with their coming to SL do under estimate that.

Models

I do some occasional modeling. Well, more than occasional really. After all, I am my own model for Second Style, and sometimes I work with some friends/photographers on a shoot.

What I don’t get is the attraction that people have to become a fashion model in SL. Probably I am being naive, it is more than likely the same fascination RL girls have with the apparently glamorous modeling scene. Get up close and personal with the big designers, the hot photographers and the VIP’s on after parties. It seems that modeling agencies are the new casinos in SL. They are booming in numbers, but only a few are really working.

Anyways, since a lot of residents aspire a modeling career in SL, let me ad my 2 cts to the hype and give you some tips.

  • Don’t IM me to model on Second Style blog. Celebrity has a pool of Second Style models that she works with for shoots for the mag and for events. If you want to work with us, contact her.
  • Invest in a good portfolio, shot by a good photographer that shows you in a variety of looks, showing how versatile you are.
  • When picking an agency, be critical. Inform yourself about their customers. Do they just offer models, or do they also produce events, what possibilties they offer for exposure etc., etc. And also…. are you required to serve as an entourage for non fashion related events and so on (and are you willing to do that?)
  • Invest in skins and hair. A possible client will want you to have the look he/she is looking for. An aspiring model once said to me that if a client would want her to change looks, the client would have to provide the means for that. It’s just not working like that. It won;t get you gigs. There are, just like in RL, at least 10 others after that job, you really cannot afford an attitude.
  • Which brings me to maybe the most important asset for a model, her personality. Be humble, friendly, punctual. An attitude may look good in a photo, but a model that has one is hell to work with.
  • Shop for good poses and learn how to assemble your own AO. Using a customised AO will make you stand out. Leave typical “model”poses out of your day to day AO. Those are runway poses or camera poses. It’s so ridiculous when you are talking to a model and oops.. there go her arms up in the air… armpit check?
  • Learn how to deal with rejection. As in RL, you will most certainly not be the only candidate for a job. If you do not get it, it is likely that you do not have the exact look the client is looking for for THAT job, it does not mean you are no good as a model. However, if you are at a public casting and you notice that everyone looks like your twin… it may be time to change your look and make yourself a bit more exclusive.
  • Don’t expect to get rich. Modeling is not a well paid job. If you’re in it for the money, become a dancer in a club. Usually models work for photos and the clothes they get to wear. If you are very lucky you will earn a little money. But that is more likely for a runway show that will take several hours of hard work.
  • Speaking of runways, lag reducing is the key. Just some quickie tips: prior to a runway job, delete all applications you don’t need from your computer, as well as big files, bitmaps etc. Delete your cookies and browser history. Defragment your computer. When you reboot your computer after that, when logging onto SL, from the login screen, open preferences and in network clear your cache and web cache. In Graphics Detail put all the mesh sliders down and switch to sun and moon only. You will look like crap to yourself, but honestly, your client won’t care less about your SL experience. The public will want to see a model that walks down the runway, not one that lags off the grid. Set your draw distance to 64. You will notice that applying these things will reduce lag big time.

Still interested? Well.. in that case I wish you tenacity … and good luck!

By Popular Demand….

…Although I doubt a lot of people will read it.

I am being asked more and more about the outfits I wear. Whereas for Second Style I blog mainly the products as the designer makes them, I do like to mix and match and wear things from different designers and create something new. So after another shopping spree where at least 10 people asked me about what I was wearing, voilà here it is:

Clothes:
Sweater: Nyte ‘n Day – Rococo in white
Skirt: Sand Shack Surf Co. – Plaid Skirt Classic
Sash: Karamia – Black Wrap Dress
Stockings: Tete à Pied – Opaque Tights Scarlet
Shoes: Tesla – Jane Night
Accessories:
Jewelry: Earthtones Boutique – Juliette
Body:
Hair: ETD – Deirdra in Smoke Burnt
Skin: Artilleri – Rawr in Sunkiss